The much-anticipated Taco Rock from Mike Cordero opens in Rosslyn, Va.

Edgy eatery to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner

Taco Rock opened today in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Va. The 2,407 restaurant’s opening had been delayed, initially thought to be opening during the summer. The restaurant is located at 1501 Wilson Boulevard. As we reported earlier this year, this is the first fast-casual concept for Chef Mike Cordero, who is also president of Macnac Hospitality, the operator of several restaurants in Northern Virginia.

Guests should expect a full bar and all the beer and tequilas that come with it. In addition, the Blue Rock Tortillas, made fresh in the restaurant are the foundation for its taco selection. Rosslyn’s Taco Rock is an all-day affair, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and the late-night are all dayparts being served here. MacNac Hospitality has had a home here, operating Barley Mac, an upscale, American-Italian restaurant and bar, just a half-mile southwest of Taco Rock.

[Related story: Taco Rock sets fall opening]

We know the Rosslyn community will welcome our new concept as a neighborhood spot for a quick bite or to socialize around our tequila bar,” said Cordero. I’m thrilled to open Taco Rock as my first fast-casual concept with my newly formed restaurant group Team Cordero that includes my two sons and Chef Stefano Marzano.”

The menu features “affordable, gourmet tacos” in the fast-growing Rosslyn neighborhood and district. Here’s the taco lineup in the restaurant team’s own words:

Taco Rock opened in Rosslyn. It will soon become a popular hangout for gourmet tacos and tequila. Photos by Danny Kim.
Taco Rock, a soon-to-be popular hangout for gourmet tacos and tequila, opened in the Rosslyn District of Arlington, Va. Photos by Danny Kim.

Classic

  • Al Pastor: Achiote marinated pork shoulder, sliced char-grilled pineapple, jalapeno salsa & red pickled onions
  • Lengua – beef tongue braised, salsa verde & fresno peppers

Specialty

  • Key West Grouper – tequila battered, chipotle mayo, diced tomato & granny smith apple slaw
  • Land & Sea – skirt steak, tequila battered shrimp, crunchy reddish pickled onions, and horseradish sauce
  • Ahi Tuna – fresh sashimi tuna, seaweed salad, sesame/ginger slaw, crispy ramen, & cucumber wasabi sauce
  • The Korean – skirt steak, soy, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, Asian slaw, pickled fresno peppers, & furikake spice
  • We Jammin – jerk chicken grilled, cabbage, jerk sauce, mango pico de gallo, & fresno peppers
  • Piggy Mac – Eight-hour, slow-roasted pork brisket, mac cheese, & bacon drizzled sour cream

Vegetarian

  • The Impossible – chopped roasted veggies, lettuce, tomatoes, Monterey jack cheese, BBQ aioli
  • General Tso cauliflower – sesame/ginger slaw, spring onions, Thai chili, toasted sesame seed
  • Truffle Portabella & Peppers – grilled truffle portabella mushrooms, peppers, cotija cheese, cilantro, & red pickled onions

Breakfast

  • Huevos Rancheros – Flour tortillas, charred black beans, melted cheese, egg, pork carnitas, green chili, crema guacamole/ green onions
  • Breakfast Burrito Scrambled Eggs – potatoes, fire-roasted peppers, onions, jack cheese on a giant spinach tortilla

The look and vibe of Taco Rock in Rosslyn is crafted by designer Yvette Irene, who features a giant guitar “jutting out of the ceiling” inside the restaurant and bar space. Irene also helped create the feel of Bronson Bierhall, also from MacNac Hospitality. Taco Rock is a reimagined space on Wilson Boulevard as the Cordero eatery replaces Spinfire Pizza, the previous tenant.

Cordero’s replacement for Spinfire displays a bit of an edge and a street vibe. According to the opening announcement, “Industrial chandeliers showcasing graffiti street art line the interiors of the metal shades and matching scones adorn the blue tiled columns. Lighting above the bar introduces iron beamed linear pendants. Hints of red and black are featured throughout the space, which are the Taco Rock branding colors, and found in the faux cobra-skin banquets and accent guitar strings that flank the bar. Bathroom wallpaper features blue and white tattoo-style art.”

And the churros are said to be amazing….

Taco Rock, 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. 22202

Photo credit: Bulldog PR (featured), Danny Kim (inline)

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